Chiswick, London, England
102 square feet
We first glimpsed Freya's room last month, in Rachel & Marc's Bright, Beautiful London Home
. This calming space is the result of a group effort; when Rachel was pregnant, a variety of family and friends came to visit the parents-to-be, each leaving their mark on the nursery of the very lucky Freya.
"My husband and brother-in-law laid the linoleum floor, after levelling the hardwood underneath", says Rachel. "I painted the striped wall myself, while Marc's sisters and a friend did the others." With so many hands on deck, Freya's room came together in just one weekend, and feels all the more special for the help of those who awaited her arrival.
Rachel, a footwear designer turned interior designer
, also sewed the curtains for her daughter's nursery and customized several pieces of the furniture, including refinishing a chest of drawers with vintage wallpaper and upholstering a toy chest to look like a house. In fact, Rachel found the design process for her daughter's room so inspiring that she's now working on a line of children's furniture.
How would you describe the look and feel of this room?
A classic scheme with modern touches of colour and detail. The colour scheme has a vintage feel and this has been complemented by my own childhood toys.
What is your favorite piece or element?
The toy chest which I designed to look like a house and made myself. Of course, Freya has since pulled off most of the flowers on it!
What was the biggest challenge decorating this room?
Deciding on flooring which would be soft enough for our daughter to play and crawl on while also being practical and stain resistant. The majority of the house has painted floorboards so we needed something which would work well next to these in the hallway.
What do your friends say about the room?
They all seem to love it!
Do you have any advice for parents creating a room for their child?
Try to pick a colour scheme which has some longevity. You want a nursery which can easily be updated as your children grow without requiring total redecoration. Also choose artwork which you will not be sad to change as your children grow and develop their own ideas. Colour copy images or buy fun wrapping paper. Old pieces of furniture can be updated easily with paint and wallpaper or wrapping paper panels.
If money were no object, what's your dream source?
Skandium and Ferm Living
• Paint: Dulux Highland Falls 5
• Cot: John Lewis
• Changing table: Mothercare
• Rug: Primark
• Toy trunk: customised by me
• Chest of drawers: customised by me
• Curtains: made by me
• Blind: IKEA
(Images: Eleanor Büsing)
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